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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

509 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 40
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: denver10 on 10-31-2012)
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Photo of kew
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

kew, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

MarkyMOD, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black bodied, just a ton of sticky tan foam that coats the glass in delicate patterns. Lasting surface coverage and residual spotty lacing after each sip.

Smells like a great cup of coffee. Earthy roast, toasted bread, oats, light chocolate, it has a nice depth to it.

Roasty black malt and bitter coffee flavors, mellow and harmonious, light dry dark chocolate in the background. Light bodied, more like a coffee stout or porter in body rather than an imperial version, but imperial is just a word anyway. Very smooth and mellow in feel, supple and quite drinkable. Never harsh or astringent like instant coffee. Overall a great coffee stout, with a suprisingly hidden 9% abv.

emerge077, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of jdhasse
4/5  rDev +0.8%

jdhasse, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

cdwil, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of bbadger
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

bbadger, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of hiphopj5
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

hiphopj5, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Zbrown2307
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Zbrown2307, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.8%

nmann08, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Inky black color with a large tan head that had excellant retention. The head settles to a very thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass. A very good looking stout.

Smell is mostly coffee with a mild hint of chocolate buried deep underneath. Also a touch of roasted malt. Overall the aroma is a bit mild.

Plenty of complexity in the flavor. Coffee is the dominating factor with bitter, unsweetened chocolate playing a much lesser role. Nice roasted malt qualities as well with just a faintest hint of smoke in the finish. Just the slightes hint of alcohol.

Moderate heft to the body. Supremely carbonated however. Just a smooth, creamy texture that compliments the other qualities of the beer.

This is a good coffee stout. The chocolate did not play that large a role, at least not one I was led to believe by the label. There are many better value coffee stouts on the shelves so this will not rank high on a repurchase list.

morimech, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of mhbarber
3/5  rDev -24.4%

mhbarber, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Let's do this. Didn't see this coming off the LoF series.

Pours black with a fine mocha central dome and rim. Smells of cocoa, milk chocolate, light roasted coffee and some oats. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, some biscuit and fudge brownies, but not sweet. A bit of oatmeal as well. Medium bodied with moderated carb and an off dry, a little too dry finish. This is a lighter take on the triad of coffee, chocolate and stout, and decent. It should be a one off for certain.

harrymel, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer is grossly underrated on here, and i can only hope that time will do justice to this, because this beer is da bomb! pours an impenetratable black color, with a lively chalky tan head a few inches high. it eventually relaxes. the nose is big time espresso, almost nothing else can be smelled, and its hard to tell if this is a cup of cold coffee or a beer. the flavor is much more than that, although i have to admit, this is the most coffee forward beer ive tasted, so much fresh brewed java in this baby its insane. roasty malts, oatmeal possibly, and raw dark chocolate round it out. i love that there is no acidity at all to this, despite the heavy dose of joe. its smooth and drinkable, and the 9% abv doesnt ever influence the flavor. its got such a roast, such a wintery warming quality. chocolate is super subtle, but important as a component. smooth feel, light carbonation, a little delicate really, and its not weighty as a drinker, it works. this beer will end up with much higher ratings here on BA as more sophisticated palates get on this. high honor roll stuff!

StonedTrippin, Nov 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

SalukiAlum, Nov 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

oriolesfan4, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

PhatAtUT, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Brewforia Beer Market Meridian ID. Served in a snifter...

A: Very dark body, certainly an impressive SRM, can't see anything through it. Almost no head, dark tan lace settles into a nice ring...alcohol feet visible on this one.

S: Complementary coffee and chocolate notes, freshly roasted & ground coffee, touch of astringent smoke. Grainy malt base.

T: Taste follows, with the impression of more creamy chocolate notes, but as it warms the roasted black coffee notes take over. Suggestions of mocha and cocoa but the coffee is most prominent here, with more astringent bitterness.

MF: Thinner medium body, still with some creamy tones and light alcohol notes.

O: Starts with more promise than it finishes with, its good but not great...alcohol is pretty well hidden, but I'd like more chocolate notes to complement the coffee.

Scotchboy, Nov 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

johnnyboy76, Nov 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

duceswild, Nov 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

justinlaz, Nov 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

ThisSpaceForRent, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours like a very lightweight motor oil, black body with a light brown three-finger rocky looking head with awesome retention. Clumpy/patchy lacing.

S - Smells like...you guessed it, coffee! Espresso roast to be precise. Not getting a lot else.

T - Ever had chocolate covered espresso beans from Starbucks? That's what this beer tastes like, to a "T". Chocolate is of the dark/bittersweet variety. Just the slightest hint of ash/char in the finish, but otherwise coffee and chocolate is what your getting. Not much else going on, but the flavor is sublime. 9% ABV nowhere to be found.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, with a nice silky feel. Finishes quite dry. Much thinner that other Imperials, but works well with the big coffee taste in my opinion.

O - Maybe I'm just a coffee nut, but I really like this brew. Not very complex, but there's something to be had for getting to drink a liquid version of a Starbucks treat. Not sure why the low scores from other reviewers, as this beer delivers exactly what's advertised. (Ok, maybe not the "Imperial" part as we have come to know it, but it IS 9%) Buying again. Maybe this weekend.

TempeBeerMan, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with three fingers of tan head that fades into a thin cap with a solid sheet of lacing.

S: Roasted malts with lots of rich, robust coffee notes. Not much else going on here, but as a coffee junkie I still enjoy it.

T: Roasted malts and huge robust coffee flavors here as well. Underneath are some bitter chocolate notes with a slightly bitter, charred finish.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit lighter and more carbonated than I expected. It works, though I tend to prefer a smoother, creamier body in my stouts.

O: A good coffee stout, overall. Not terribly complex, but full of nice coffee notes and enjoyable.

n2185, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ebony color with a tight, mocha heae that leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells of coffee mostly with some slight sweetness.

Tastes of the roasted notes mostly with a bit of sweetness. Coffee and cocoa come through first with a bit of toasted marshmallow. Slight bit of brown sugar ends it with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty good, but isn't anything special in a style where there are already so many standouts.

ocelot2500, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick dark brown almost black. Lacing is kind of weak...

S: Coffee bitterness. That's really about it. It's a nice smell but not very complex. Maybe some vanilla in there as well.

T: Big coffee and chocolate notes. Very nice at first but then they fade to a residual bitterness which is not the most pleasing. The flavors here are little more controlled than in other coffee and chocolate beers I've had but still they hit a little dull.

M: Sits with a pretty good body. Carbonation cuts through quite a bit. Also a dull bitterness is hard to handle...

Overall a slightly above average beer. A little more control that other beers like it but still not the best.

Jamesthebrit, Nov 04, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.